Lia writes novels, short stories and literary non-fiction and teaches creative writing. She has also worked on several public art commissions and as an arts consultant. Her first novel, Another Alice, was nominated for the Irish Times Irish Fiction prize. Her second novel, Nothing Simple, was shortlisted for the Irish Novel of the Year at the inaugural Irish Book Awards. Her most recent novel, Fallen, was the Dublin/Belfast: Two Cities One Book selection for 2016. In Your Face, a memoir of her diagnosis of and treatment for oral cancer, was named as a favourite book of 2007 by several commentators. With Dr Denise MacCarthy she co-edited Word of Mouth: Coping with and Surviving Mouth, Head and Neck Cancers. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Laws by Trinity College, Dublin in recognition for her work with Mouth Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Ireland.
"Novartis are delighted to continue to support the Future Health Summit. The event is always high quality from its organisation to its speakers, and is a must attend event for anyone with an interest in improving healthcare and outcomes for patients"Ian Addie, Patient Access Head, Novartis Ireland Ltd
"‘Irish Heart would like to extend our thanks for having our mobile health unit attend the Future Health Summit. The mobile health unit was extremely well received and there was over 130 blood pressure checks taken over the two days,. The event was fantastic."Emma Carter ,Mobile Health Unit Manager ,Irish Heart
"‘I have spoken at and attended this event for the last six years and in a short space of time the Future Health Summit has become an annual meeting place for progressive healthcare leaders who want to drive change and improve healthcare delivery. "Mr. Bill Maher, Chief Executive, Bon Secours Health System
"“This Conference is another one of Ireland’s global contributions. The Future Health Summit is required attendance for all who wish to engage in a stimulating interchange on the future of healthcare – globally and domestically""Michael Dowling , Chief Executive Officer of Northwell Health